South Carolina Schools Will Remain Closed Through the Rest of the Academic Year

April 22, 2020 Updated: April 22, 2020

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said the state’s schools will stay closed for the remainder of the academic year—even as the state allowed for certain businesses to open earlier this week.

McMaster issued a statement during a news conference in an attempt to end speculation from teachers, staff, students, and parents about whether the school year would resume.

“Thank you for making this difficult decision, but you made the right decision,” Education Superintendent Molly Spearman said to McMaster, reported WLTX. “In this pandemic, we have been able to carry on very good instruction. Our buildings will not open for the rest of the year but instruction will carry on.”

McMaster has already issued an order to keep colleges and universities closed for the rest of the term.

“I’ve gotten some very articulate, heartwrenching begs and pleas to let us have a graduation ceremony,” Spearman said, according to WRDW. “The governor and I absolutely want that to happen. I can tell you your district leaders have sent us some very creative ideas of how they’re planning on handling graduation and we want those to go out, and I hope that, perhaps, I can even come and be there and attend and see some of those from a distance happening.”

On Monday, McMaster said a number of retail stores in the state can open at 5 p.m. starting on Monday, including furniture, jewelry, clothing, shoe, book, flower, and others.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.